DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING
[Filed May 19, 1997, 3:19 p.m.]
Date of Adoption: May 19, 1997.
Purpose: To incorporate the effects of SSB 6271, chapter 26, Laws of 1996, into the procedures for reporting destroyed vehicles.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 308-58-010, 308-58-030, and 308-58-040.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.12.075.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-08-005 on March 20, 1997.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, amended 3, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 1, amended 3, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 1, amended 3, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
May 14, 1997
Evelyn P. Yenson
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 91-04-025, filed 1/29/91, effective
WAC 308-58-010 Definitions. (1) For the purpose of RCW 46.12.070, destruction of a vehicle or total loss, less salvage value, shall mean the vehicle is:
(a) Dismantled with the intention of never again operating it as a vehicle; or
(b) Damaged to the extent that the cost of repair exceeds its market value immediately prior to the damage; or
(c) Damaged to the extent that the cost of repairing it plus its salvage value in its damaged condition exceeds or approximately equals the market value in its repaired or restored condition; or
(d) Damaged to the extent that the owner, an insurer, or other person acting on behalf of the owner, has determined the vehicle is uneconomical to repair. "Uneconomical to repair" means the cost of parts, labor, and salvage value is greater than the economic value placed on the repaired vehicle by the owner.
(2) For the purpose of RCW 46.12.070, the settlement of an insurance
claim as a total loss, less salvage value shall mean the date on which
an insurance company actually makes payment to the claimant for the
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110 and 46.12.070. 91-04-025, 308-58-010, filed 1/29/91, effective 3/1/91; Order MV 142, 308-58-010, filed
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending Order TL/RG 44, filed 9/30/88)
WAC 308-58-030 Sale of salvage. (1) After ((
the title has been
sent to the department of licensing as a part of the report of
destruction, and the owner decides to sell the damaged vehicle, it)) a
vehicle has been reported destroyed pursuant to RCW 46.12.070, the
vehicle may be sold by the insurer using a bill of sale instead of (( the
title)) a release of interest on a certificate of ownership. The bill
of sale must (( include the statement that the vehicle's title has been
sent to Olympia as a part of the report of destruction. In the case of
a registered owner, his signature on the bill of sale must be notarized
to convey his interest in the vehicle to a purchaser unless the purchaser
is a licensed auto wrecker or dealer in which case a bill of sale need
not be notarized. In the case of an insurer, the bill of sale must)) be
signed by (( someone authorized by the insurance company to sign on its
behalf. The title of the person signing for the insurance company must
be shown on the bill of sale)) a representative of the insurer and
provide their appellative title. The representative's signature need not
An auto)) (2) After a vehicle has been reported destroyed pursuant
to RCW 46.12.070 and the vehicle is retained by the registered owner, the
vehicle may be sold in its present condition using a bill of sale. The
bill of sale must be signed by the owner of record and the signature
(3) A motor vehicle wrecker licensed ((
under)) pursuant to chapter
46.80 RCW may utilize a bill of sale issued in accordance with (( the
preceding paragraph)) subsections (1) and (2) of this section in lieu of
a (( title)) certificate of ownership to comply with RCW 46.80.090.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 88-20-035 (Order TL/RG 44), 308-58-030, filed 9/30/88; Order MV 142, 308-58-030, filed 8/28/72.]
AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 92-15-022, filed 7/6/92, effective
WAC 308-58-040 ((
Destroyed)) Salvage vehicles rebuilt.
(( Certificates of ownership and registration reissued for a)) (1) Salvage
vehicles (( reported destroyed that is less than four years old will
contain the word "rebuilt" in an appropriate location on the)) defined
in RCW 46.12.005 whose certificate of ownership or other authorized
documentation has been turned in to the department pursuant to RCW
46.12.070, shall be issued certificates of ownership and (( the
certificate of)) registration pursuant to RCW 46.12.075. Certificates
of ownership and registration shall prominently display a REBUILT
inscription on the face of the document. (( This description)) The
inscription will continue to appear on every subsequent certificates of
ownership and registration issued (( by the department)) for this vehicle.
(2) The application for certificate of ownership of ((
rebuilt salvage vehicle will be accompanied by a release of interest or
a bill of sale transferring ownership to the applicant and a Washington
state patrol inspection (( if the vehicle is to be operated in
Washington)), as provided in WAC 308-56A-460.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 46.01.110. 92-15-022, 308-58-040, filed
7/6/92, effective 8/6/92; Order MV 142, 308-58-040, filed 8/28/72.]
WAC 308-58-050 Destroyed vehicle retitled. The application for certificate of ownership to a vehicle shown on department records as destroyed, pursuant to RCW 46.12.070, must be accompanied by the following:
(1) A release of interest on the certificate of ownership, a notarized release of interest or notarized bill of sale from the owner of record, or a bill of sale from a licensed vehicle wrecker or insurer; and
(2) A Washington state patrol inspection as provided in WAC 308-56A-460.